Dimitris Papaioannou (GR): Transverse Orientation
Held within the 33rd International Dance Festival TANEC PRAHA 2021
For the first time ever Prague will welcome an icon of contemporary Greek
choreography Dimitris Papaioannou in a highly visual physical work, an ode as
well as a farewell to our ancestors, bringing us with ease and sensitivity back
to basic human values.
In this highly visual physical work, Dimitris Papaioannou, an icon of
contemporary Greek choreography, asks questions about the nature of humanity and
the direction of our civilization. In the foreground of the production
Transverse Orientation is the light, beauty, power of the human body and the
archetype of the bull – the legendary Minotaur. It’s an ode as well as a
farewell to our ancestors. In its way, it breaks down surviving patterns while
also creating new ones, liberating itself from a violent, antiquated power. With
ease and sensitivity, it brings us back to basic human values. Prague will
welcome this exceptional artist for the first time ever.
Production of: ONASSIS STEGI, | created to be first
performed at: ONASSIS STEGI 2021
Co-production: Festival d'Avignon, Biennale de la danse de
Lyon 2021, Dance Umbrella / Sadler's Wells Theatre, Fondazione Campania dei
Festival – Napoli Teatro Festival Italia, Grec Festival de Barcelona, Holland
Festival – Amsterdam, Luminato (Toronto) / TO Live, New Vision Arts Festival
(Hong Kong), Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Saitama Arts Theatre / ROHM Theatre
Kyoto, Stanford Live / Stanford University, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Théâtre
de la Ville – Paris / Théâtre du Châtelet, UCLA’s Center for the Art of
With the support of: Festival Aperto (Reggio Emilia),
Festival de Otoño de la Comunidad de Madrid, HELLERAU – European Centre for
the Arts, National Arts Centre (Ottawa), New Baltic Dance Festival, ONE DANCE
WEEK Festival, P.P. Culture Enterprises Ltd, TANEC PRAHA International Dance
Festival, Teatro della Pergola – Firenze, Torinodanza Festival / Teatro
Stabile di Torino – Teatro Nazionale
Funded by: Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports
Supporter of Dimitris Papaioannou’s work: MEGARON – THE ATHENS CONCERT
Damiano Ottavio Bigi
Approximate running time – 1 hour 45 minutes, no intermission
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